Rua Williams is an Assistant Professor in Computer Graphics and Technology at Purdue University (starting in August 2020). They earned their PhD from the Human Centered Computing program at the University of Florida’s Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering Department. They were a student in Dr. Juan Gilbert’s Human Experience Research Lab. Rua is studying interactions between technology design, computing research practices, and Disability Justice.

Virtual Symposia – Scrappy Style

This post outlines how organizers can quickly put together a virtual conference that offloads responsibility for individual sessions to the presenters (with guidelines and support for accessibility), and allows for fallback to less data intensive platforms if bandwidth does not support video in the moment. A future post will provide recommendations for which of the […]

Image of Rua Williams wearing a fedora, glasses, bow tie, and polka-dot shirt presenting in front of a screen that shows the first slide of the "Misfit Managed" presentation. Captions can be seen on both the top and bottom of the screen. The top captions are from Microsoft Translator and the bottom ones are from PowerPoint's built in captioning system.

Delivering Accessible Presentations

Oral presentations, whether at academic or industry conferences, guest speakers at organized events, or in the classroom, are inaccessible to many disabled people. People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing may not be able to fully understand an oral presentation. People who are Blind or have a visual impairment may not be able to […]

example poster, see link for accessible version

Guide to Making Accessible Research Posters

The traditional research poster presentation format is fairly inaccessible across a wide range of disabilities. Firstly, poster board aisles are often too narrow and crowded. This makes them unwelcoming to people who use mobility aids like wheelchairs or canes, and to people who have trouble in crowded and loud spaces such as Blind people, Deaf […]

Animated GIF showing use of the mobile fidget app

Mobile Fidget App

Android application featuring variable vibration haptic feedback developed to provide a discreet fidget for use by adults in public spaces. Final project for Dr. Ben Lok’s Spring 2017 CAP5100 Human Computer Interaction course. Final Presentation Slides This project eventually led to a publication which can be found here. Key Findings: There is no statistically significant […]